Many people suffer from gluten intolerance, sensitivity, allergy and celiac disease today. This is largely due to long term exposure to a diet based around gluten, salt, sugar and bad fats. This study from the US confirms there are higher numbers than suspected.
The first ever large US population-based study by Alberto Rubio-Tapia, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues has found that nearly 2 million Americans have celiac disease and most of them are unaware of it. The researchers analyzed serum for immunoglobulin A (IgA) tissue transglutaminase antibodies data on 7798 people who during 2009-2010 took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)¹. This test is considered to be 98% effective in distinguishing celiac disease. This translates to 1.8 million Americans with celiac disease.
Gluten, celiac disease and fertility
If there are so many with gluten intolerance (to put it mildly), then would this have an impact on our declining fertility rates? Bowel health has an immediate, lasting and significant impact on all aspects of fertility and pregnancy. Dr Stephanie M. Moleski of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia looked over 1,000 different women – 473 with physician-diagnosed celiac disease (intolerance to wheat and gluten-containing foods and drinks) and 560 without celiac disease².
The researchers found that women with celiac disease:
- Had a shorter duration of fertility
- A later onset of menarche
- A younger age at menopause
- Increased difficulty conceiving
- More fertility issues
- More consultations with fertility specialists
- Fewer children
- Higher rates of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery, and cesarean section
This confirms many different studies dating back more than 40 years, showing higher rates of menstrual abnormalities and pregnancy complications among women with celiac disease.
How do you cure celiac disease?
The good news is that it is curable and treatable through diet and lifestyle alone. Stop eating foods containing gluten and then rebuild your gut health with a vastly improved plant-based wholefood diet.
- Study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterol, July 31, 2012. This study was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reported by Medscape on August 1, 2012.
- Study by Moleski SM, et al “Infertility and pregnancy outcomes in celiac disease” as presented to the American College of Gastroenterology Conference in Las Vegas 2012; Abstract 15. As reported by MedPage Today on October 23, 2012.
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